52 Days By Camel: My Sahara Adventure by Lawrie Raskin52 Days By Camel: My Sahara Adventure by Lawrie Raskin

52 Days By Camel: My Sahara Adventure

byLawrie Raskin, Debora PearsonPhotographed byLawrie Raskin

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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Share the adventure of a lifetime in this revised edition of a multiple-award-winning title.

"Fascinating information.., an attractive choice for libraries..."
- Booklist (on the original edition)

A lifelong fascination with the desert led Lawrie Raskin to undertake a remarkable trek across the Sahara to the fabled city of Timbuktu. Together with author Debora Pearson, he chronicles his journey to the ancient city -- and beyond.

Readers will discover first-hand what it's like to travel over vast seas of orange sand. They'll experience the nasty smell of a camel's breath, learn how to bargain in an African market and read about the roles women play in Moslem societies.

Raskin's evocative photographs, including scenes of modern-day life, reflect the many faces of Africa. His enthusiasm and wit shine through as he invites readers to share in his extraordinary adventures and eye-opening discoveries.

This revised edition features new text and photographs showcasing how contemporary Africa, from cell phones to skyscrapers, lives alongside the ancient among the sands of the Sahara.

The next best thing to being there, 52 Days by Camel is a stunning introduction to the fascinating culture and breathtaking landscapes of the Sahara desert.

Lawrie Raskin spent three years living with the nomads of the Sahara. He became fluent in Arabic, filmed TV documentaries, worked as an expedition guide and sold his photographs around the globe. He currently lives in Kingston, Ontario. Debora Pearson is the author of numerous children's books, including Sophie's Wheels. She lives...
Title:52 Days By Camel: My Sahara AdventureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.25 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554511364

ISBN - 13:9781554511365

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 12


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Excerpt How I Became a Desert Explorer Ever since I was a kid growing up in Toronto, I wanted to see the desert. I'm an adult now, but I can still remember the first time I thought about taking a desert adventure. I had read a comic book in which Donald Duck and his nephews went to the Sahara, rode camels over sand dunes, and visited an oasis. I was so fascinated with this story that I read that comic over and over until it fell apart! Later on, when I was a teenager, I saw a movie that made me want to go to the desert even more. The movie was Lawrence of Arabia, and I couldn't get enough of the scenes that were shot in the actual desert. I saw Lawrence of Arabia again and again, and it had the same effect on me as reading the comic book had years before, only stronger. I absolutely had to see a desert for myself. And so, several years later, I traveled to Africa to see the Sahara, the world's largest desert. Some people who go to a place for the first time have a feeling that they've been there before. For me, that place is the Sahara. On my first trip there I felt like I belonged, almost like I had returned to my real home. I wanted to explore everything there, from the things that seemed strangely familiar to the things that seemed just plain strange. Since my first trip there, I've explored the Sahara many more times. Going "home" all those times has changed my life and turned me into a desert expert. I've learned how to speak Arabic, lived with desert peoples, and organized many expeditions through the Sahara. I've discovered lots about life in the desert, but there will always be much more for me to learn -- that's why I'll keep going back as often as I can. On each trip, I get excited all over again! Exploring the desert has been -- and is -- the best adventure of my life. I hope that as you take this trip with me you'll feel some of the excitement I've felt. And who knows? Perhaps you'll start to think about some great adventures you can take, too! Lawrie Raskin

Editorial Reviews

This account of the author's travels in North Africa is fascinating reading and is illustrated by many striking photographs that help to make the area come alive in the reader's mind. Lawrie Raskin's enthusiasm for seeing the Sahara first hand is infectious, and one can't help but be caught up in his excitement at actually visiting such exotic and remote locations as Timbuktu. (Although, he is reminded that his impressions are relative when he is taking photographs in Timbuktu and is asked, "What are you doing?" by a resident. He replies, "Oh, taking pictures of mysterious Timbuktu." The questioner comments, "Timbuktu is not mysterious. It is you who is mysterious!") The colourful presentation of information, easy writing style, and intrigue of a culture so different from our own make 52 Days by Camel a great recreational read as well as a resource for assigned study of the land and people of North Africa.